Vegetarian

Easy Meatless Hot Dogs

 Ever throw a summer party and find out one of your guests does not eat meat. You find yourself  scrambling around the kitchen because you don’t want to serve them some boring cauliflower dish. The good news is these days there are so many plant based options that go beyond cauliflower and soy. 

As you may already know I am following a mostly plant based diet with occasional meat dishes only 20% of the time. I have learned to create delicious meatless meals out of necessity and it has been a thing of beauty. Brands like Beyond Meat and Light Life have mastered the art of creating meatless products that make a mostly plant based diet easy for folks like me who are flexitarians. 

I have always used Beyond Meat products but decided to try the Lightlife brand to switch things around. I was pretty happy with the way they turned out. We made hot dogs using the Italian Sausage and Bratwurst flavor sausages toped with onions and peppers. It was so delicious even the hubby was pretty satisfied. 

So the next time you are faced with the decision of what to serve a non-mean eater for your next barbecue don’t sweat it. Just grab some plant based sausage or burger and you are good to go. They will love you for it.

Meatless Hot Dog Recipe
A tasty hot dog meal for vegetarians
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Lightlife sausages
  2. 4 Hot dog rolls
  3. 1 large white onion sliced into strips
  4. 1 large green bell pepper sliced into strips
  5. 1 large red bell pepper slices into strips
  6. 1 tsp oregano
  7. 1 tsp garlic powder
  8. canola oil
  9. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill or griddle pan to medium-high.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high. Add the oil then add the onions and peppers; season with oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are very soft, about 10 minutes
  3. Grill the sausages, turning them on all sides until dogs are heated through, about 8 minutes.
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Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

This post was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

My 80/20 meal plan is still in full swing and I am proud to say I have managed to stick with it. If this is your first time here, you are probably wondering what the 80/20 meal plan is. It is a plan I set where I eat 80% plant based foods and 20% everything else. Eating a mostly plant based diet feels great and encourages creativity in the kitchen. I’ve already seen benefits of this meal plan like weight maintenance and more energy. One of the recipes I have added to my repertoire is Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta ToastKale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

Kale Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

The creaminess of the ricotta paired with the earthiness of the mushrooms and texture of the kale is a match made in heaven. This is a toast recipe you don’t want to miss. 

The key to making this Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast shine is using the absolute best ingredients. I got the kale, ricotta and mushrooms from my trusted local store that sells the best produce in town. What elevates the kale from good to amazing is the use of Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base in the cooking process. Not only did I use it in the kale, I also mixed the roasted garlic base in my butter for the toast. This recipe is packed with flavor, which is why it is one of my favorites.

If you are not familiar with Better Than Bouillon, it is a concentrated paste that can be used to elevate the flavor of meatless dishes. It’s awesome for creating delicious plant-based versions of meals and has become my best friend when preparing vegetarian meals. I also got my husband hooked on it. 

I used roasted garlic base for this recipe but there are more flavors to choose from if you are not a big fan of garlic. The Better Than Bouillon vegetarian and certified vegan flavors include Seasoned Vegetable Base, Vegetarian No Beef Base, Organic Seasoned Vegetable Base and Vegetarian No Chicken Base. I love that you can also use Better Than Bouillon bases to make broths or as a marinade to add flavor any dish. I love using them when making some of my favorite dishes like glazed carrots or butternut squash soup. 

5 more ways to use Better Than Bouillon Bases

  1. Mix it with oil and add to your roasted vegetables before cooking. 
  2. Add it to your Fettuccine Alfredo sauce for an even bolder flavor.
  3. Use some in your homemade hummus dip recipe. 
  4. Add it to your favorite stir fry recipe or any sauteed veggies. 
  5. Mix it in your veggie burger mix for a super flavorful veggie patty. 

Kale Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

For more recipe ideas and to learn more about Better than Bouillon products, visit their website here. What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? How do you make them taste amazing? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below!

Kale, Mushroom and Ricotta Toast
Serves 2
This kale, mushroom and ricotta toast is packed with flavor thanks to the use of @betterthanbuillon roasted garlic base. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's an absolute winner!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small bunch fresh roughly chopped kale, about 6 cups
  2. 3 cups sliced Shitake mushrooms
  3. 3 tbsp Whole Milk Ricotta
  4. 1 1/2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base
  5. 2 tbsp softened butter
  6. Olive oil
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 4 slices whole grain bread
Instructions
  1. Mix 1/2 a tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic base with softened butter. Spread over bread and broil in the oven till browned and slightly crispy.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in olive oil until they are crispy and brown then set aside.
  3. Add kale to the same pan, add 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic base and cook until kale is wilted.
  4. Season with some freshly ground pepper.
  5. Add a little pepper to the ricotta and spread over toasted grainy bread then place kale and mushrooms on top.
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The Ultimate summer salad recipe

I am so excited summer is here! Well it’s not officially summer but the weather has been gorgeous. We have had temperatures reaching the 80’s recently which is awesome. Because we are now homeowners with a backyard of our own it means we can have outdoor barbecues and lunches which I have been looking forward to. What better meal to eat in the summer other than a fresh homemade salad with all the fixings. Today I am sharing the ultimate summer salad recipe. 

With a salad like this you don’t even need to eat anything else with it. Even my hubby who has a healthy appetite was pretty satisfied. So, what ingredients does one add to the ultimate summer salad? Lettuce is a must because it adds volume to the salad and is the base ingredient. I like Romaine lettuce for this because of its firmness, dark green color and slight savory taste compared to iceberg lettuce.

Another must in this salad are red bell peppers, both fresh and fire roasted. I used 2 whole red bell peppers and one fire roasted. Red bell peppers are sweet and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Of all the bell pepper colors the red one is my favorite. I think a lot of people would agree with me. 

Last of the must have ingredients for the salad are cucumbers. Cucumbers add some bite and great texture to any salad. Instead of slicing them the usual way in circles, try to slice them diagonally. Slicing them diagonally will expose more surface area and looks better in my opinion. 

The rest of the ingredients can be substituted and switched around as you prefer. I added cherry tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil, shredded carrots, blueberries, capers and fresh mozzarella. The result is a absolutely delicious and beautiful salad. No busy dressing needed here. I used a garlic and lemon favored Carlson Olive oil packet which was all I needed. 

Do you like salads? What is your favorite salad combination? I would love to learn from you in the comment box below. I have the perfect drink to serve this summer, check out the recipe here

The Ultimate Summer Salad
Serves 4
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads romaine lettuce roughly chopped
  2. 2 Persian cucumbers sliced diagonally
  3. 1/2 large red onion sliced
  4. 2 red bell pepper sliced
  5. 1 cup roasted red peppers sliced
  6. 1 cup shredded carrots
  7. 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  8. 1 mozzarella ball sliced
  9. 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  10. 1 cup basil leaves torn
  11. 2 tbsp capers
  12. salt and freshly ground pepper
Dressing
  1. 1 packet Carlson Olive Your Heart lemon flavored oil
  2. 1 packet Carlson Olive Your Heart garlic flavored oil
Instructions
  1. Add all vegetables in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper then top with mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.
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Cajun Tofu Tacos with Lettuce Wraps

Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps! Yes, you heard that right. Just when you thought tofu was boring and only good for rice dishes and stir-fries, today we are making tofu even more fun with tacos.

The great thing about tofu is that it absorbs flavors very well so you can season it to your liking. We are going bold with Cajun spice because of its delicious flavor profile. Using Romaine lettuce leaves instead of flour tortillas is another twist to this recipe that is perfect for spring and summer lunches. 

Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wrapsThe key to great tofu dishes is good quality tofu. There are so many brands to choose from these days so it is easy to find one you like. One of my favorite tofu brands is Mori-Nu Silken Tofu. Their tofu is sold in a unique aseptic package that protects the tofu from light and bacteria which gives it a long shelf life without refrigeration and preservatives, which is absolutely awesome. This is especially great if you use large amounts of tofu and don’t want to go to the grocery store regularly to restock. I bought 12 boxes and stored them in the pantry. It has been so convenient. 

Mori-Nu Silken Tofu Extra Firm

Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps recipe: 

The idea to make Cajun-spiced tofu tacos came about after I ate some Cajun-spiced fries that were super delicious. I thought to myself, if Cajun spice can make these simple fries taste amazing, I bet it would make tofu even more amazing. Boy, was I right! The tofu absorbed the Cajun flavor and tasted fantastic. I later found out that others had already tried this combo and it wasn’t my great invention. Nevertheless this recipe has become a regular in our home and is a true winner. 

This Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps recipe is very easy and quick to make. All you need is tofu, Cajun spice, olive oil, salt and lettuce. To add another level of flavor, I added a simple homemade salsa to the tacos. So simple yet so delicious. 

Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps
Serves 2
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 12.3 oz package Mori-Nu Silken Tofu Extra Firm
  2. 4 Romaine lettuce leaves
  3. 2 tablespoons Cajun spices
  4. 3 tablespoons olive
  5. 2 medium tomatoes
  6. 1/2 small red onion
  7. 1 handful cilantro chopped
  8. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  9. Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. After opening the tofu, wrap with a paper towel to remove excess moisture and season with Cajun spice and salt.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, onion and cilantro to a bowl. Mix in 1 Tbsp olive oil and cumin and set aside.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add seasoned tofu and cook till golden brown. About 10 minutes..
  4. Spoon salsa into washed lettuce leaves and top with cooked tofu. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.
Notes
  1. Use flour tortillas instead of lettuce for a more filling meal.
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Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps

Cajun Tofu Tacos

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Super Easy Black Bean Taco Recipe

It’s the 3rd week in a row that the hubby and I are exploring a mainly vegetarian diet and it has been amazing. We have not gone completely vegetarian as we sometimes have fish or chicken once a week. Eating meatless meals regularly has not only improved our well being, it has also increased our creativity in the kitchen.

Black Bean Taco

This was one of those unplanned recipes which I made for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. I looked in the fridge and we had some leftover cut peppers and cucumbers from our weekly meal prep. I also spotted some flour tortillas in the back of the fridge and thought, why not make some tacos with these ingredients. Everything was ready except the beans which are easy and quick to cook.

Black Bean Taco
Black Bean Tacos

I used canned black beans because of their convenience and easiness to prepare. All I did was rinse the beans under cold running water, saute some yellow onions in olive oil and curry powder, then add the beans to the curried onions. The beans are then placed over a bed of arugula and peppers on a warm tortilla. A nice drizzle of bacon cheddar ranch dressing on top brings these tacos from blah to wow!

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Super Easy Black Bean Taco Recipe
Black Bean Tacos
Course Main Dish, Snack
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 can Rinsed Black Beans rinsed
  • 1/2 Chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped Persian cucumbers
  • 1 sliced mini bell peppers
  • 2 cups Fresh Arugula
  • 1 Green onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Hidden Valley Bacon Cheddar Dressing
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Course Main Dish, Snack
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 can Rinsed Black Beans rinsed
  • 1/2 Chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped Persian cucumbers
  • 1 sliced mini bell peppers
  • 2 cups Fresh Arugula
  • 1 Green onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Hidden Valley Bacon Cheddar Dressing
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Black Bean Tacos
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan, add olive oil and sauté onions and curry powder. Once onions have softened add rinsed and drained black beans and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Top warmed tortillas with arugula, peppers, green onion, beans and a drizzle of ranch dressing.

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